Patricia Curtis Pfitsch


Selected Bibliography

Books For Children and Young Adults

Riding the Flume Simon and Schuster 2002

     Junior Library Guild Selection          

     Nominated for a 2003 Edgar award from Mystery Writers of America

     Council for Wisconsin Writer's 2003 Juvenile Fiction Award

     Nominee for Mark Twain Award 2004-2005

     Nominee for Volunteer State book award  2004-2005

     Virginia Young Readers List 2004-2005

Keeper of the Light Simon and Schuster 1997

     -An American Bookseller "Pick of the List"

     -Selected for the 1998 Books for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library

     -First place juvenile literary award from the Friends of American Writers, Chicago, IL

     -Nominated for American Library Association's "Best Books for Young Adults"


The Deeper Song Simon and Schuster 1998

-Winner of the Arthur Tofte Juvenile Fiction Book Award, from the Council for Wisconsin Writers

     -Selected for the 1999 Books for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library

Westward to Oregon. Illustrated by John English. Rigby, 2000

The Mystery of the Clever Cat. Illustrated by Vicki Learner. Rigby, 2004

The Birthday Surprise. Illustrated by Cynthia Fisher. Rigby, 2004

Who Did It? Illustrated by Stacey Schuett. Rigby 2004

Where is Kitty? Illustrated by Burgandy Beam. Rigby, 2008

Magazines For Children

Highlights For Children     

     "The Watchdog" March 2002

     "Painting with Glass--Louis Comfort Tiffany"  Dec. 2001

     "Maxfield Parrish" Sept. 1997

     "Inside Looking Out" May 1996 (Winner of Outstanding Author Award)

     "Picture Perfect Dogs: a Profile of William Wegman" July, 1995

     "Piano Man" Nov. 1993

     "Soldier of Peace" Nov. 1989 (Winner of Outstanding Author Award)



     "The Moment of Truth" April, 2022

     "Messages from the Past” May 1996

Jack And Jill

     “Be a Lost and Found Detective” March/April 2008

Other Works

Children's Writer

Bi-monthly contributor 1993-2014


Crawford County Independent and Boscobel Dial weekly newspapers

     Feature Writer 1988-1998



      2003 Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee for Riding The Flume

      2003 Council of Wisconsin Writer Juv. Fiction Book Award for Riding the Flume

     1999 Council of Wisconsin  Writers Arthur Tofte Juv. Fiction Book Award for The Deeper Song

      1998 Friends of American Writers 1st place Juv. Fiction award for Keeper of the Light

     1996 Highlights' Outstanding Author Award for "Inside Looking Out"

     1994 Highlights' Fiction Contest Winner for "Stormy Waters"

     1989 Writer's Digest fiction competition, honorable mention

     1989 Highlights' Outstanding Author Award for "Soldier of Peace"

     1888 Writer's Digest fiction competition, fourth place


     MA English, University of Georgia, Athens, GA  1977

     BA English, Knox College, Galesburg, IL  1970

Related Work Experience

     1992 to 2014: Instructor, Institute of Children's Literature

     1997-present: Various speaking events at schools and libraries in the Midwest

     1998-Speaker: Northeast Iowa Reading Council Banquet

     1998,1999, 2000-Faculty, School of the Arts, Rhinelander, WI

     1999, 2000-Mississippi Valley Gifted/Talented Creative Writing Festival Author/Critic

     1999, 2001, 2002 -Speaker: Wisconsin Educational Media Specialists Spring Convention

     2000- Speaker: Southwest Wisconsin Association of Libraries Fall Conference

     2002-Faculty, Arkansas SCBWI Spring Conference

     2005-Keynote Speaker: Northwest Book Festival, Spooner, WI

     2005-Speaker: Chippewa Valley Book Festival, Eau Claire, WI


Professional Affiliations

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators-member

Council for Wisconsin Writers-member